Brian Lower, assistant professor in SENR, recently received the Academic Coursework Affordability Grant from the Undergraduate Student Government at OSU to help make college more affordable. Lower teaches Introduction to Environmental Science (ENR 2100) and Soil and Environmental Biochemistry (ENR 6610), and researches environmental microbiology. The grant, worth $1,000, was designed to increase the use of affordable course materials, including the use of technology such as digital textbooks. Lower applied for the grant in order to write an Apple iBook for his Introduction to Environmental Science class, which he says, will be an “extremely inexpensive” alternative to a traditional textbook. He and other grant recipients (shown below) Kay Halasek (English Department), Stephen Boyles (Department of Animal Science), Nicole Kraft (Department of Communications), and Graeme Boone (School of Music) were recognized at a luncheon on Monday, January 27.